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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Situational Depression (Overview)

The depression is caused by a specific situation that is plausibly related to feeling depressed. Situational depression is usually easier to resolve than depression that seems unrelated to any life circumstances.


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Situational depression or real depression; and do I need meds for both?

Situational depression or real depression; and do I need meds for both?

How impairing?: Situational depression is as "real" as other forms of depression--it just has a known cause, as opposed to endogenous depression. Both can cause severe impairment. If one can change the "situation, " that may be the best treatment for the former. Medications can be helpful with either, as can several types of talk therapy. Doing nothing is the least helpful option. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Situational Depression (Overview)

The depression is caused by a specific situation that is plausibly related to feeling depressed. Situational depression is usually easier to resolve than depression that seems unrelated to any life circumstances.


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Does situational depression usually cause many symptoms?

Does situational depression usually cause many symptoms?

It can: Situation depression, often called reactive depression, refers to changes in mood and functioning that result from something happening such as work-related stress or relationship problems. Symptoms can be as severe is "major depression, " including poor sleep, change in appetite, loss of energy, even suicidal thoughts. If it is overwhelming, seek help. ...Read more

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Living with Major Depression (Checklist)

Keep close to your family and friends
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See your doctor and counselor. Follow their advice and treatment.
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Start a journal. Write anything – a prayer, feeling, poem, or doodle
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Call your doctor with any self harm or suicidal thoughts.
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Are the symptoms of situational depression bad?

They Can Be Bad: Just because there may be a clear reason that someone is depressed, this does not make the depression any easier. Situational depression can be just as severe as other depressive episodes that seem to occur for no reason. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for situational depression?

Treatment options: Talking with a therapist or psychologist may be helpful to assist you in identifying the issues that are precipitating the depression and helping you to find better more effective ways of coping with the depression. Change your situation if you can, rather than just looking for symptom relief. ...Read more

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Overcoming Mild Depression (Checklist)

Discuss with your doctor your symptoms and get help
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Ask for a counseling referral. Talk therapy is key.
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Ask if you would benefit from medications
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Exercise daily. If having trouble, start slow with a daily walk.
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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my situational depression until I can see a doctor?

Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my situational depression until I can see a doctor?

Self help: You need to connect to others. Talk with family, friends and your minister or priest or help line. Maybe you can see a social worker, therapist or psychologist while waiting for your appt. This will be more useful than anything you get in a store. Your doctor can then evaluate you whether you need medications. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get situational depression off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get situational depression off and on?

Possibly: It is known that there are genetic risk factors related to depression. So, even if your depressive epsiodes appear to be explained by specfic circumstances, it is very possible that there are genetic risk factors that make it more likely for you to become depressed. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get on an anti-depression med for situational depression?

Coping skills: Agree with dr. Fowler. To add, reevaluate what worked for you in the past and works now. Look at things you can/cannot control. Keep your routine to make your environment more predictable. Do self-care, exercise, relaxation. Focus on your thoughts and how they influence your sense of well-being. Having a mental health professional to guide you through the process will help.. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is situational depression?

What is situational depression?

Due to circumstance: Situational depression is when symptoms of depression occur as a direct consequence of an isolated event or series of events. For example, divorce, relationship troubles, rejection letters, and death of a loved one can all cause situational depression in a person who has otherwise never had depressive symptoms. Treatment for various forms of depression are similar. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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